In this article KFFL breaks down the fantasy football sleepers of the week. We will avoid marquee names because players of that caliber are rarely benched, regardless of their matchup. Instead, we will focus on the players that make your fantasy lineup decisions stressful each week. Read on to learn which midrange to low-end players you wouldn't necessarily consider that you need to get into your lineup.
Note: All statistics are from Week 9 to Week 12, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Wide receivers
No Rice benefits Big Mike
Early Doucet, Arizona Cardinals vs. Dallas Cowboys
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 3
- Kevin Kolb (foot) may return this week, but he had some chemistry with Doucet before the injury. John Skelton has looked to Doucet a fair amount in Kolb's absence. Doucet has averaged 3.75 receptions on 5.25 targets per game. This has produced a per-game average of 41.5 yards and 0.25 scores.
- Dallas is banged up at cornerback and has given up 12.25 receptions, 168.8 yards and 1.00 touchdowns per game to the position in the last month.
NEW - Mike Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. San Diego Chargers
Fantasy value: No. 3 or flex
- The Jags cut Jason Hill earlier this week, which should free up more targets for Thomas, who despite having just five receptions in the last two weeks has been looked to 16 times.
- San Diego's defense versus wideouts over the past month could open up some production even for a receiving corps of Jacksonville's "quality." The Bolts have allowed 7.75 catches, 156.5 yards and 1.33 scoring grabs per game to this position. They included more pass-friendly offenses in the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders, but if you're picking matchups for desperation plays, this one isn't bad, thank to San Diego's dwindling pass rush.
Mike X. Williams, Seattle Seahawks vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Fantasy value: Flex or bench
- Williams (shoulder) suffered a minor shoulder injury in Week 12, but he is expected to play against the Eagles this week. With Sidney Rice (concussion) unlikely to play in Week 13, Williams should see more targets come his way. He is a risky play, especially with the injury, but Philly's porous D should give him a few chances to matter in fantasy leagues as a deep flex play.
- Philadelphia has surrendered an average of 12.25 receptions, 213.5 yards and 1.75 yards per game, which makes them the softest defense against the position in the last month.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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